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Quotes About Books

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“From that time on, the world was hers for the reading. She would never be lonely again, never miss the lack of intimate friends. Books became her friends and there was one for every mood. There was poetry for quiet companionship. There was adventure when she tired of quiet hours. There would be love stories when she came into adolescence and when she wanted to feel a closeness to someone she could read a biography. On that day when she first knew she could read, she made a vow to read one book a day as long as she lived.”
Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

C.S. Lewis
“I am a product [...of] endless books. My father bought all the books he read and never got rid of any of them. There were books in the study, books in the drawing room, books in the cloakroom, books (two deep) in the great bookcase on the landing, books in a bedroom, books piled as high as my shoulder in the cistern attic, books of all kinds reflecting every transient stage of my parents' interest, books readable and unreadable, books suitable for a child and books most emphatically not. Nothing was forbidden me. In the seemingly endless rainy afternoons I took volume after volume from the shelves. I had always the same certainty of finding a book that was new to me as a man who walks into a field has of finding a new blade of grass.”
C.S. Lewis

Dwight D. Eisenhower
“Don't join the book burners. Don't think you're going to conceal faults by concealing evidence that they ever existed. Don't be afraid to go in your library and read every book...”
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Voltaire
“Fools have a habit of believing that everything written by a famous author is admirable. For my part I read only to please myself and like only what suits my taste.”
Voltaire, Candide

Heinrich Heine
“Where they have burned books, they will end in burning human beings.”
Heinrich Heine

Annie Dillard
“She read books as one would breathe air, to fill up and live.”
Annie Dillard, The Living

George W. Bush
“One of the great things about books is sometimes there are some fantastic pictures.”
George W. Bush

Erin Morgenstern
“Only the ship is made of books, its sails thousands of overlapping pages, and the sea it floats upon is dark black ink.”
Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus

Lemony Snicket
“There are many, many types of books in the world, which makes good sense, because there are many, many types of people, and everybody wants to read something different.”
Lemony Snicket, The Bad Beginning

Jerry Spinelli
“When a stargirl cries, she sheds not tears but light.”
Jerry Spinelli, Stargirl

Edmund Wilson
“No two persons ever read the same book.”
Edmund Wilson

Anne Fadiman
“If you truly love a book, you should sleep with it, write in it, read aloud from it, and fill its pages with muffin crumbs.”
Anne Fadiman

Robin Sloan
“Walking the stacks in a library, dragging your fingers across the spines -- it's hard not to feel the presence of sleeping spirits.”
Robin Sloan, Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

Sydney Smith
“No furniture is so charming as books.”
Sydney Smith, A memoir of the Rev. Sydney Smith

Jess C. Scott
“My head’ll explode if I continue with this escapism.”
Jess C. Scott, EyeLeash: A Blog Novel

أنيس منصور
“لو سُئلت :ماالذي تتمنى أن تشربه دون أن تفيق ؟، لقلت : عصير الكتب ، خلاصة الفكر ، مسحوق الفلسفة”
أنيس منصور, في صالون العقاد كانت لنا أيام

Markus Zusak
“My arms are killing me.
I didn't know words could be so heavy.”
Markus Zusak, I Am the Messenger

E.M. Forster
“I suggest that the only books that influence us are those for which we are ready, and which have gone a little further down our particular path than we have yet gone ourselves.”
E.M. Forster

Emily Dickinson
“I know nothing in the world that has as much power as a word. Sometimes I write one, and I look at it, until it begins to shine.”
Emily Dickinson

Michel de Montaigne
“When I am attacked by gloomy thoughts, nothing helps me so much as running to my books. They quickly absorb me and banish the clouds from my mind.”
Michel de Montaigne, Les Essais

Kurt Vonnegut
“I am eternally grateful for my knack of finding in great books, some of them very funny books, reason enough to feel honored to be alive, no matter what else might be going on.”
Kurt Vonnegut, Timequake

Roger Zelazny
“I like libraries. It makes me feel comfortable and secure to have walls of words, beautiful and wise, all around me. I always feel better when I can see that there is something to hold back the shadows.”
Roger Zelazny, Nine Princes in Amber

Shannon Hale
“Personally, I believe “Young Adult” to be an arbitrary title that means the book "Can be enjoyed by anyone/Has a main character who’s not quite an adult/Isn’t really boring.”
Shannon Hale

Billy Collins
Marginalia

Sometimes the notes are ferocious,
skirmishes against the author
raging along the borders of every page
in tiny black script.
If I could just get my hands on you,
Kierkegaard, or Conor Cruise O'Brien,
they seem to say,
I would bolt the door and beat some logic into your head.

Other comments are more offhand, dismissive -
Nonsense." "Please!" "HA!!" -
that kind of thing.
I remember once looking up from my reading,
my thumb as a bookmark,
trying to imagine what the person must look like
who wrote "Don't be a ninny"
alongside a paragraph in The Life of Emily Dickinson.

Students are more modest
needing to leave only their splayed footprints
along the shore of the page.
One scrawls "Metaphor" next to a stanza of Eliot's.
Another notes the presence of "Irony"
fifty times outside the paragraphs of A Modest Proposal.

Or they are fans who cheer from the empty bleachers,
Hands cupped around their mouths.
Absolutely," they shout
to Duns Scotus and James Baldwin.
Yes." "Bull's-eye." "My man!"
Check marks, asterisks, and exclamation points
rain down along the sidelines.

And if you have managed to graduate from college
without ever having written "Man vs. Nature"
in a margin, perhaps now
is the time to take one step forward.

We have all seized the white perimeter as our own
and reached for a pen if only to show
we did not just laze in an armchair turning pages;
we pressed a thought into the wayside,
planted an impression along the verge.

Even Irish monks in their cold scriptoria
jotted along the borders of the Gospels
brief asides about the pains of copying,
a bird singing near their window,
or the sunlight that illuminated their page-
anonymous men catching a ride into the future
on a vessel more lasting than themselves.

And you have not read Joshua Reynolds,
they say, until you have read him
enwreathed with Blake's furious scribbling.

Yet the one I think of most often,
the one that dangles from me like a locket,
was written in the copy of Catcher in the Rye
I borrowed from the local library
one slow, hot summer.
I was just beginning high school then,
reading books on a davenport in my parents' living room,
and I cannot tell you
how vastly my loneliness was deepened,
how poignant and amplified the world before me seemed,
when I found on one page

A few greasy looking smears
and next to them, written in soft pencil-
by a beautiful girl, I could tell,
whom I would never meet-
Pardon the egg salad stains, but I'm in love.”
Billy Collins, Picnic, Lightning

W. Somerset Maugham
“The only important thing in a book is the meaning that it has for you.”
W. Somerset Maugham

The most enjoyable book in the world is the phone book, because think of all
“The most enjoyable book in the world is the phone book, because think of all the sex that went into creating the content.”
Jarod Kintz, 99 Cents For Some Nonsense

Jennifer L. Armentrout
“I understood books. I did not understand boys—especially alien boys.”
Jennifer L. Armentrout, Onyx

Diane Setterfield
“There are too many books in the world to read in a single lifetime; you have to draw the line somewhere.”
Diane Setterfield, The Thirteenth Tale

W.H. Auden
“Some books are undeservedly forgotten; none are undeservedly remembered.”
W.H. Auden, The Dyer's Hand

Simon Van Booy
“[I] read books because I love them, not because I think I should read them.”
Simon Van Booy

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